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Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera

As I was coming to the end of this scrapbook I had several pieces of ephemera that had not fit in on another page.  So – I decided to make a page dedicated to just ephemera.  On the left hand page are some stickers that we purchased on the trip, the tag that came with the trinkets that are on the Bay of Fundy page and coins that we collected while we were in Canada.

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera Closeup

Canada Cruise 2010: Ephemera Closeup

On the right hand page is a folder that I received our professional photographs from the trip in.  As you open it up (see closeup to the right), you can see that I added in some supports and I placed all of the newsletters and schedules from the cruise in the folder.  This was a wonderful way to have all of the details of the trip in one place.  I did not put a plastic page protector on this page so that it would be easier for readers to access the schedules.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun


I had shared in an earlier blog posting about this Canada Cruise Scrapbook that I did not create a chronological timeline.  Rather I themed many of the pages.  When I was near the end of the project I realized that we had a bunch of fun pictures that I wanted to make it into the scrapbook, but did not really fit in anywhere else.  So – I put them all on one page.  I didn’t really want to journal about each one as I thought it would be too much writing, so I added a funspinning journal (see closeup to the left).

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun Closeup

Canada Cruise 2010: Having Fun Closeup

This journal basically tells the reader to ask us about the pictures and then we get to share the fun stories.

Don’t be afraid to create pages like this even if the pictures don’t fit together – it is a great way to put a lot of little memories on to one page.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

Canada Cruise 2010: Return to New York

The last day of our cruise!  We pulled into New York harbor in the morning and we enjoyed a breakfast while entering the harbor.  It seemed that most people were skipping breakfast to get ready to disembark, but we had a late flight and I decided that we were going to enjoy every last minute on the boat.

It turned out that that was a good decision as we were seated at breakfast with Richard H. Wagner, the editor of Beyondships.com who has been over 50 cruises and writes about his experiences on all of them. As you can see from the blue debarkation luggage tags that I used as borders on the right hand page – we were in group 17 to leave and so we enjoyed standing on our balcony and watching the local harbor traffic until the very last minute.

I was able to get some wonderful pictures of the bridge and the Statue of Liberty in the morning sunrise, as well the tugboats that helped to gently push us into our dock.  If you look closely at the right hand picture you will see that there were two people out on kayaks, and it struck me how small they were compared to the cruise ship that we were on.

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Canada Cruise 2010: Behind the Fun Tour

Cheap Canada Tour PackagesWe had a day at sea while we were heading back to New York, and unfortunately the weather got cold and rainy.  My son wanted to hang out with the other teens at their indoor activities so I decided to do a behind the scenes/”Behind the Fun” tour.  While it was pricey to experience this – I think it was around $100 – I was so glad that I did it.  We got to see all of the things going on behind the scenes – the kitchens, the massive refrigerators, behind stage at the performance hall, the front of the ship, the back of the ship, and even up in the control room.

I think that one of my favorite parts was that we got to spend some time with the head Chef from the fancy restaurant on the ship, and he gave us some cooking techniques and tips.  I learned how to grill the perfect steak from him, and I still use that method to this day.  (But I’m not telling 🙂 ).

They took pictures of us at several points and when I got back to my room later that night there was a very nice gift package that included these three pictures, a piece of soap carved to look like a swan from the kitchen staff, and some amazing chocolate covered strawberries.  I took the gift note and put it on the page and it can be flipped up to read my journaling about the experience.  Included in the gift package was a bracelet that I cut so that I could lay it flat on the left hand side of the page.  I also cut the lanyard that held our security passes (you can see us wearing them in the pictures) and used that as a border along the bottom of both pages.

The background papers come from a scrapbooking kit that I purchased while on the cruise.  It was old stock and at a discount, and I will be honest that most of it was not very good, but I used these background papers from that set.  You will notice that I used a grey border around the picture on the left hand page – this was to help it stand out and bring a little more grey to this page to help it blend better with the right hand page.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: St Johns, Reversing Falls and St Martins Wishing Rocks

Canada Cruise 2010: Bay of Fundy and St John

Canada Cruise 2010: Bay of Fundy and St John

I really had a great time with this spread and enjoyed how it turned out.  The theme of this page is the wishing rocks that are in the St Martin’s Bay.  Our tour guide encouraged us to take some home so that they could end up with a sandy beach :).  And we did end up taking one home.

In one of my scrapbook packs I actually already had these two background pages of wishing rocks so I knew that I had to use them on this spread.  The journaling block I created to look just like a wishing rock.  I cut a piece of grey cardboard and then splatter painted it, and then gently hand painted the white lines on to it.  I then used a black permanent marker to edge it so that it would stand out against the background page.

The two clay items (coin and leaf) we purchased at the Farmer’s market and they are made of clay from the Bay of Fundy.  I like to collect items such as these to add to our memory books – they must be light weight, small, and thin.

You will also notice that I used a corner cutter to round all the edges of the pictures to mimic the roundness of the wishing rocks.

Bay of Fundy Day Trip from Halifax – $61.50

Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a sight to be seen. Enjoy a scenic drive from Halifax through Nova Scotia and take a guided tour of the bay’s picturesque fishing village and Reversing Falls Rapids. During your free time, walk along the rocky beach, spot wildlife, explore wave-carved sea caves, and enjoy views of the breathtaking landscape over a bowl of the region’s famous seafood chowder (own expense). Upgrade to the private tour to enjoy a more intimate experience, with personalized attention from your guide.

Canada Cruise 2010: St John, New Brunswick

Canada Cruise 2010: Saint John and Bay of Fundy

Canada Cruise 2010: Saint John and Bay of Fundy

Our next port of call was Saint John, New Brunswick.  We elected to take a full day bus tour to St. Martin’s and the Bay of Fundy.  I had been tidal boaring on the Bay of Fundy before and I wanted my son to experience the location.  The extreme rising tides cause rivers and even waterfalls to change direction.

This spread is the introduction to this mini adventure.  We had such a great bus driver and tour guide that I wanted to remember them on this page.  I based the color scheme of the page off of the pattern in the tour guide’s dress.

The left hand page includes the Saint John flag as well as a map that can be opened of the Saint John area.  I mounted it to the outside of the plastic cover so that viewers could open it.  The titling on both pages was cut using my Cricut machine and you will notice on the date that I used the shadow feature to help the date stand out.  I also used slivers of each background page to serve as a border accent on the opposite page to help tie the two pages together.

Bay of Fundy Day Trip from Halifax – $61.50

Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a sight to be seen. Enjoy a scenic drive from Halifax through Nova Scotia and take a guided tour of the bay’s picturesque fishing village and Reversing Falls Rapids. During your free time, walk along the rocky beach, spot wildlife, explore wave-carved sea caves, and enjoy views of the breathtaking landscape over a bowl of the region’s famous seafood chowder (own expense). Upgrade to the private tour to enjoy a more intimate experience, with personalized attention from your guide.

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Mythical Towel Creatures

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Towel Creatures

Canada Cruise 2010: Sunsets and Towel Creatures

After viewing this page you will know why I don’t use my handwriting very often – it is not a pretty sight.  I used this spread to create some space between our time in Halifax and our next port of call, St Johns.  As a shared earlier, this album is not chronological – but rather it is themed, so this spread includes pictures from several nights of beautiful sunsets on the ocean as well as pictures of the different towel creatures that greeted us each day when we returned to our room.

I picked an orange and blue theme because the sunsets and our bedspreads were orange, and blue is a wonderful compliment to orange.  To save some space on the towel creature page I used a circle cutter to cut all of the pictures which made it easier to fit 5 pictures on the page.  Also notice that I used a sliver from each page as an end border on the opposite page to help tie the two pages together.

In this example I took two very different themes and concepts and tied them together using a common color theme.  This is often a good idea when you don’t have enough material for a double spread, or too much of one thing would be hard to view.  Imagine if I had had two pages of just sunsets – it could have been fairly boring to look at.

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Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia – Maritime Museum

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia - Maritime Museum

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia – Maritime Museum

The next stop on our bus tour was the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – which includes several exhibits of the Titanic.  Many of the victims of the Titanic disaster were buried in Halifax.  The left hand page showcases our time at this museum, and the ephemera I included are the sticker tickets that we had to wear and a map of the museum.

The right hand page shows pictures taken during the rest of our bus tour around the city.  My son was very tired, and so we didn’t take any more stops, but rather just enjoyed the sights from the bus.  My favorite picture on this page is the bottom left one where you can see the famous Halifax bell tour and my son is sound asleep in teh foreground.  There were some other tourists that were so amused that he was sleeping and snoring on the tour that they got up to take pictures of him as well 🙂

Notice that I used the trimmings from the earlier Halifax page to border these pages.  The borders to the pictures on the right hand page are actually cut from some tartan warpping paper that I purchased while on the trip.

Titanic History and Remembrance Tour in Halifax – $44.33

Immerse yourself in the history of the infamous Titanic disaster on this educational and enlightening tour in Halifax. Learn the real story behind the ship’s tragic sinking as your guide takes you to several ‘Titanic’-related sites. See graves of victims at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, visit morgues and churches where services were held, see locales from the Academy Award-winning 1997 movie, and browse a fascinating exhibit of artifacts from the shipwreck at the impressive Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel

Our first stop on our Double Decker Bus tour was the Citadel in Halifax.  We wanted to go their first so that we could see the changing of the guard, and the firing of the signal cannons.  On this page I added a coin that we bought at the Citadel souvenir shop as well as an aerial view postcard of the Citadel to help give perspective to the size of the fortress.  The coat of arms that is on the right hand page I cut by hand from a photograph that I took of the entrance sign to the Army Museum on site at the Citadel.  I also affixed a map of the Citadel to the outside of the plastic page protector so that it could be opened and viewed.

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel 2

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel 2

This is the second spread dedicated to the Citadel.  My son really enjoyed our time there and wanted me to take all kinds of pictures.  You can see on the right hand page some of the fun ones that we had with the cannons.   You will also notice that I saved our red sticker “tickets” to the Citadel on this page.  If you look at the bottom right hand picture on the left hand page you will see my son with the sticker on his shirt.

The embellishments on this page were cut using my Cricut machine.  I kept this page fairly simple as I wanted the pictures to be the focus of this page.

Historical Halifax Sightseeing Tour – $33.06

Join your kilted guide for a historical sightseeing tour of Halifax, one of Nova Scotia’s most unique cities. You’ll get an excellent overview of Halifax on a 1-hour tour aboard a double-decker bus, and enjoy live narration about the sights you see including the City Hall, Government House and the Victorian Halifax Public Gardens.

 

Canada Cruise 2010: Halifax – Bus Tour

Canada Cruise 201: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada Cruise 201: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our first Port of call was Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I was extremely impressed by the Tourist Board of Halifax, they welcomed us warmly and there were even men in full Scottish military regalia to welcome us.  We purchased tickets to a “Hop on Hop Off” bus tour that took us to all of the important sights in Halifax (To be featured on future scrapbook pages).

I found this amazing tartan print paper on eBay.com which was perfect for this spread.  I placed the “Hop On Hop Off” sticker which was our bus ticket directly on to the page as well as a map of Halifax and the bus route map.  If you look carefully at the journaling on both pages you will notice that I double matted them in the colors from the background tartan print paper.

I mounted the two map directly to the plastic page cover so that they could be opened.  I used Creative memory sticker tape to accomplish this.

Historical Halifax Sightseeing Tour – $33.06Join your kilted guide for a historical sightseeing tour of Halifax, one of Nova Scotia’s most unique cities. You’ll get an excellent overview of Halifax on a 1-hour tour aboard a double-decker bus, and enjoy live narration about the sights you see including the City Hall, Government House and the Victorian Halifax Public Gardens.

 

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